MOUNT KILIMANJARO via Umbwe Route

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The Umbwe route has a well-deserved reputation of being the most challenging route on Mount Kilimanjaro.

Approaching from the south, the Umbwe route is a short, steep and direct climb.

After reaching Barranco Camp, the trail follows the southern circuit to the summit. The descent is done via the Mweka route.

Umbwe is considered to be very difficult, taxing route - one that should only be attempted by strong hikers who are also confident of their ability to acclimatize to altitude.

DAY START ALTITUDE
(m)
ALTITUDE
(ft)
FINISH ALTITUDE
(m)
ALTITUDE
(ft)
TIME DISTANCE DISTANCE
1
2
3
4
5

6
Umbwe Gate
Umbwe Camp
Barranco Camp
Karanga Camp
Barafu Camp
Uhuru Peak
Mweka Camp
1,600
2,900
3,976
3,995
4,673
5,895
3,068
5,249
9,514
13,044
13,106
15,331
19,341
10,065
Umbewe Camp
Barranco Camp
Karanga Camp
Barafu Camp
Uhuru Camp
Mweka Camp
Mweka Camp
2,900
3,976
3,995
4,673
5,895
3,068
1,640
9,514
13,044
13,106
15,331
19,341
10,065
5,380
 
5-7
4-5
4-5
4-5
7-8
4-6
3-4
11
6
5
4
5
12
10
7
4
3
2
3
7
6
        Total       53 32

6 Day Umbwe Itinerary


DAY 1: Overnight AMEG LODGE (Bed & breakfast)

DAY 2: Transfer from hotel to Kilimanjaro National Park Gate at Umbwe. From here you trek a narrow ridge between Lonzo and Umbwe rivers to reach Bivouac No. 1 (also called Forest Camp). Stay overnight at BIVOUAC No. 1 CAMP

DAY 3: Leaving the forest, the path continues to follow the ridge, passing through heather and open moorlands to reach Barranco Camp. Overnight stay at BARRANCO CAMP

DAY 4: Instead of travelling direct to Barafu, you split the climb to overnight at the Karanga Valley. The Karanga valley is a little deeper than those you have crossed during today’s climb, but smaller than the Barranco valley.  Stay overnight at KARANGA CAMP

DAY 5: Extra day for acclimatization. The day spent at Karanga Valley. Overnight camp KARANGA VALLEY - (OPTIONAL- Extra Charge applicable)

DAY 6: From here the path turns north to reach Barafu Camp. Overnight stay at BARAFU CAMP.

DAY 7: A long day and an early start to reach the crater rim at Stella Point in time for sunrise. Then continue on to Uhuru Peak (19,341ft./5,895m), the highest point in Africa. After a short jubilant moments you will descend to Barranco and down on to Mweka. Overnight stay at MWEKA CAMP

DAY 8: Descend to Mweka Park Gate. You are then transferred back to/for overnight stay at AMEG LODGE (Bed & breakfast)

DAY 9: Breakfast.  End of your tour

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